Live Review: Foals at Rough Trade


They’ve quickly become the most talked about band of the year. It’s comfortably one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year. Foals and ‘What Went Down’ are a match made in heaven and Rough Trade East was the perfect place of birth for the quintet’s fourth album.

The once sprightly math-rockers take to the stage, weathered from a whirlwind of a week. Playing at Village Underground on Tuesday, where the audience were denied the opportunity to leak any new tracks or grab a selfie with a crowdsurfing Yannis. On launch day though, the band are set free from their reigns and unleashed upon the lucky few who have crammed into the record shop.

The band open on ‘Snake Oil’, which snarls towards the riff of Kasabian’s ‘Reason Is Treason’ whilst another new track, ‘Give It All’, is plucky and woozy. Of the new tunes, ’Mountain At My Gates’ gets the greatest response but restricts Yannis from performing his heel-twitching dance moves, “It’s cosy up here” he says and with that lunges towards the crowd for a battering rendition of ‘Inhaler’. As mammoth as it is, it’s wheezing and spluttering compared to ‘What Went Down’ which propels off the richter scale and back again. Primal and shattering, ironically inhalers are what the crowd are panting for now, but not before one last round.

Enter ‘Two Steps Twice’; the gift that keeps on giving as Yannis parades like a panther up and down the record-littered counter. Foals have broken fifth gear, snapped the chassis and are careering towards the unstoppable.

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Josh Shreeve

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